Lafayette is popular. Just ask Police Chief Eric Christensen.
"We are getting swamped with solicitors from out of state," wrote Christensen in an email Friday. "The vans arrive and dump these people onto the street. We are citing them as fast as people are calling."
One recent dropoff came from Illinois, and police located a parole violator who had just gotten out of prison. Officers gave the parolee a ticket. A city ordinance requires solicitors to register with the police department, Christensen said.
Christensen encouraged citizens to report solicitors. Call (925) 283-3680 or email the tip line at 94549Tip@so.cccounty.us